Armenian Fairies

Aram Hunanyan is a ceramist who lives on the roof. When you step into his ceramic workshop in the heart of Yerevan’s down town, the most surprising thing is the tidiness and coziness that embraces you from the very beginning. It is another world. You hear the classical music and the vibe of peace. Time has stopped here, and it was worth it – to touch the clay and create.

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Armenian ceramist and painter has built and created this place on his own. When he came here eight years ago, it was a ruin. He made his own kiln, toilet and amazing working space with a kitchen and guest corner, where he could enjoy a coffee and cognac with people who occasionally visit him.


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Aram creates fairies all day long. It has been twenty years. Back then there were plenty of potters in Yerevan, but after the crash of Soviet Union the electricity was cut off for the whole year, so all the potters just gave up the ceramics and started painting, as you cannot do much ceramics without the electric kiln. But Aram was one of the very few, who kept on. He couldn’t abandon his muses.

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His first works were inspired by the pagan Armenian goddess of fertility Anait. He started making the recipients for salt using her body shape. Step by step he invented his own little angel-like fairy pattern. The first fairies were carrying little horses on their heads; afterwards appeared the ones with tiny houses, birds, pomegranates and apples. On the back of their skirts Aram started writing some short phrases from the Bible or ancient Armenian poetry. “Hello, Sun!” , “The light never goes out”, ” 1+1=3″, “there is a city of Love from your dreams”.

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Aram has spread his fairies all over the world. He believes that there is a magic web connection, made of love what he puts in his works before sending them overseas, like this even when they are far away, they can remain within him.


I have been working here for one month and have used the ancient stamp with Armenian ornament that means immortality and got some inspiration from the books with Armenian ornamental art, which I found at Aram’s workshop.

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All this time I actually felt the pure silent waves of the Aram’s world, surrounded by fairies, each of them with their own character and inspiring meaningful symbols. I bet their presence is able to change the state of mind.

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You can see more about this artist here:


The word “Talisman” comes from the Arabic word talsam (طلسم), from an alteration of late Greek telesma (τέλεσμα), “completion, religious rite”, itself from the word teleō (τελέω) which means “I complete, perform a rite”. Talisman is considered an object which contains certain magical power and is meant to protect it’s owner from the bad luck and bring to his life certain types of things. I suppose that people who believe in energies would understand very well, how it goes: as the talismans are connected to archetypes and some ancient symbols that come from the pagan tribes from all around the world, they carry with them that energy, and, apart of it, they are filled with mine, the one I put while creating them and concentrating on the each symbol meaning and positiveness. The ones who takes this subject skeptically can enjoy the aesthetic part. The meanings are explained below, the counting starts at each line from the left to the right. All of them come with either black or purple rope. Stay happy 🙂

1. Photo camera. The creativity for photographers.
2. The wave. Emotional balance.
3. Animal steps. Braveness on the road
4. Circle of calmness.
5. Snake. Wisdom.
6. Cow. Fertility and maternity.
7. Heart. Love.
8. Circle of life with four elements. Inner harmony.
9. Spring. Youth and blossoming.
10. Circle of infinity, wholeness and unity.
11. Sun, the lightness of being.
12. Wild bird footprint. Courage and freedom.
13. Deep water. Inspiration for thinkers.
14. Spring flower. Joy.
15. Earth. Security.
16. Circle of wisdom and unity.


1. Bright sun. Happy life.
2. White and blue circle.Clean mind.
3. Widsom and creativity.
4. Star. Purity and good luck.
5. Ladybird. Symbol of past lives and luck.
6. Goat – ceaseless energy.
7. Rabbit. Abundance and comfort.
8. Friendship.
9. Freedom.
10. Footprint. Happiness on the road.
11. Creative freedom.
12. Heart. Love
13. The circle of energy and contact with nature.
14. The Lizard, symbol of dreams and other realities.
15. Pig. Wealth and fortune.
16. “Om” sacred Sanskrit syllable, if You know, You know.



1. Magic eye that saves you.
2. Travels and freedom.
3. Pomegranate-turtle. Wisdom and luck.
4. The eye that saves you.
5. Rain, the symbol of cleansing.
6. Circle of fortune.
7. Circle of enlightenment and calmness.
8. Circle for philosophers.
9. For seasons circle means contact with nature.
10. We all know what this means.
11. Crab-turtle. For wise wanderers.
12. Good luck symbol for nomadic ones.
13. The symbol of other dimensions and realities.
14. For cosmos lovers.
15. Sea and eternity.
16. The eye for sorcerers.